The San Francisco International Auto Show was held between Nov. 19 and 27. With cars from across the world, the show had something for everyone, from Saabs to Lamborghinis and Fords to Rolls Royces. The Outlook sent a reporter to the show with a mission: to touch tires, examine engines, and preview price tags. This is what we found.
Last year, the girls’ varsity team (14-3-6) tied for the CCS Championship. This year, they are focused on maintaining the standard that last year’s team set. According to coach Will Colglazier, “Last year’s team put Aragon on the map. The team knows they have a target on their back.”
The Aragon varsity wrestling team’s new season is underway, and the squad is looking to carry on momentum from last year’s major accomplishments. Last year then senior William Eleazar won the title of Aragon’s first individual wrestling champion in over 25 years. Along with this win, the Aragon wrestling team lost a close match and allowed Menlo-Atherton High School to win the PAL Ocean Division.
In preparation for the new season, the boys and girls varsity basketball teams played teams of Aragon alumni in the second annual Aragon alumni basketball game on Nov. 27. Though the current Dons played competitively, in both instances the alumni won by one-point with girls’ alumni ending at 51-50 and boys’ alumni culminating with a score of 59-58.
As the fall sports season draws to a close, some of Aragon’s teams finished their season with one last push in the CCS playoffs. Six of Aragon’s top female golfers went to the CCS tournament on Nov. 2. With their win at PALs, they ended their season with a combined team score of 579on the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel Valley, leaving them in tenth place.
“It was really exciting when the Warriors made the playoffs for the first time in a while. I hadn’t really paid much attention to them before, but in the sixth grade [once they made the playoffs] I got really into the spirit and started following the players,” says sophomore Sam Bunarjo. “Since then I haven’t been following them as closely because they haven’t been doing as well. But I’m still definitely a fan.”
On October 13, the Teachers’ Union and the District reached a tentative agreement over this year’s contract. The contract lasts for this year and next year, expiring on June 30, 2012. In February or March of 2012, a new round of negotiations will start.
In response to recent gay suicides nationwide, the Gay-Straight Alliance participated in a nation-wide campaign called Purple Shirt Wednesday on October 20. Students came to school with purple shirts, pants, shoes, or bags. Purple Shirt Wednesday was during Ally Week, which according to junior Jesenia Garcia-Rovetta, “is dedicated to the LGBT and straight alliance, and is a great time for people not in the GSA to say they support people of any sexual identity”.
Contrasted to Aragon’s vast campus and large student body of 1591, Peninsula High School’s student body of roughly 250 students shocked Senior Kevin Birchett. After attending Aragon for his freshman and sophomore year it is understandable why San Mateo Union High School District’s continuation school, Peninsula High School, was such a drastic change for Birchett.
After suffering a year of health problems, James Richmond, the Aragon Robotics Team’s faculty advisor, has stepped down from his position; as a result, the Robotics Team has faced an array of questions concerning the future of the program.
Aragon’s 6th annual International Food Fair was held on Friday, October 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the large gym. It featured foods from China, India, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, France, Peru, Italy and the Pacific Islands. Assistant principal Joe Mahood says, “The International Food Fair is a gathering where students and parents alike from different ethnic groups can share their cuisine with the rest of the school.”
In late November, Aragon High School will be visited by students from Hanasaki High School in Tokyo, Japan. Hanasaki students will be joining Aragon band students in homestays and will be participating in a band exchange. This has all been made possible by the Bravo Music publishing company of Florida. Both schools, though very different, are acquainted with the publishing company.